Compare Dell EMC XtremIO Flash vs. VMware vSAN

Dell EMC XtremIO Flash is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 8 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 55 reviews. Dell EMC XtremIO Flash is rated 8.2, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Dell EMC XtremIO Flash writes "A solution with good stability, excellent scalability and an ability to increase overall performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Dell EMC XtremIO Flash is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, Pure Storage FlashArray and INFINIDAT InfiniBox, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with Nutanix, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity.
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Pros
We mostly use it for backup, because we cannot measure anything, and we are afraid to use it for surveillance systems. We were planning to use it for mostly for surveillance systems.The most valuable features are that it is fast and reliable.We've seen great enhancements from the performance point of view. There's good availability, stability, and continuity, but the performance actually has increased by 60 or 70%.I like the deduplication and auto-tiering features.The solution's most valuable feature is its high performance.The solution's most valuable features are the inline data reduction and deduplication.The program is very stable.The most valuable features are: complete performance and ease of use.

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We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios.When we do to do more scaled load testing, we can run more dense workloads and still have the same results across all specific nodesIt is more stable now than it was before. It's not like it was in the first year. Now it is stable, and we trust it more.VMware vSAN has greatly reduced refresh spending.The newer versions of this solution are much more stable and easier to manage.As a function of our core business, it's a sought after tool that helps us provide analytical support across a wide spectrum of client needs. It's allowed us to test out in our connected restaurant - "TheWorks" - a fully-functional restaurant experience center that allows our clients to discover the value of our connected solutions firsthand. We deploy vSAN in this customer-like environment within a hyperconvergent infrastruction (HCI) to give our clients a better understanding and help optimize data and the end-users' experience.The most valuable feature is the ability to continue our business needs and have higher visibility. It has definitely increased our business productivity levels.To me, VMware is a leader of the visualizations. I think everyone just follow VMware.

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One thing that should be improved is the reporting and monitoring tools. It should use real time monitoring for storage, IOPS, latency, etc.The management should be improved and the GUI interface could be better and easier.The solution needs to be simplified. When you integrate your storage with other systems, could use a little bit of automation.The product could be improved by reducing the pricing and having better organization in their technical support team.The implementation isn't exactly complex, but the solution should have some enhancements in it to make the process more centralized.This solution is geared toward enterprise-level companies. Small and medium-sized businesses would find it extremely expensive.I would like to see more scalability.It is very expensive to scale. You have to buy an additional system to extend from one disc, for instance. It is scalable, but extremely expensive to do so.

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When we talk about improvements for vSAN, there is some way to go from a at least stability perspective. Adding all these new features is nice, but we are now at the level that most of the features you need in production are there.Upgradability could be a bit easier sometimes. We are now where vSAN can be updated without ESXi, but there is still enough dependency. So that would be good if that actually would uncoupled even more.Disaster recovery needs to be improved, when there is a crisis, there is a problem with what is the quickest way to get out of it.This solution is not great for large file shares/object/rich media repository.This solution would benefit from better collaboration with Cisco for driver updates.I would like to see the availability of more template based VMware systems. Combined with the ability to check and measure multiple and converging data segments. Another issue I've seen is that the tool seems to be slow when first starting up.I would love for this product to be cheaper and easier to configure.It is an expensive solution.

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The initial purchase price was good but when you need to upgrade, it's a different story.There are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.It is expensive if you need to increase scalability.

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ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface.I'd love for this product to be cheaper.The only problem I have with VMware is the price. It is a good product, but it is expensive.With vSAN, we didn't find the market that competitive.The vSAN is somewhat expensive to license.The vSAN licensing is not an inexpensive product. It does cost more than hypervisor.We did consider other hyperconverged solutions. It usually came down to price. vSan was the most cost effective thing.What made us go with this solution was price point. When you can utilize existing storage infrastructure, and not have to continually purchase new SAN products out there that are going up in price as time goes by, then it's a wonderful thing.

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Overview
Bring all-flash, scale-out storage to your enterprise applications with EMC XtremIO. Purpose-built for flash, XtremIO storage arrays are amazingly fast. Delivering high IOPS at less than 1 millisecond latency is just the start. EMC XtremIO helps you harness the power of flash storage by building in innovations like content-based data placement and dual-stage metadata.

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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Financial Services Firm30%
Healthcare Company20%
Insurance Company15%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
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Healthcare Company23%
Software R&D Company16%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm8%
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Healthcare Company18%
Retailer15%
University9%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Software R&D Company32%
Comms Service Provider14%
Retailer7%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise62%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise62%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise54%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise58%
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